STATE COUNSELLOR STRESSES NEED FOR UNITY AMONG ETHNIC GROUPS
THE construction of roads and bridges and power infrastructure in northern Myanmar is aimed at further strengthening the relations and cooperation among ethnic people, which is very important in national development, said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
“I want you to know that our government is trying at its best, with the spirit of goodwill, to fulfill needs of all people living in this union. What I said doesn’t mean that we have tried to build a good reputation but want a warmer and stronger relation between us,” she said at the inauguration of the Upper Namhtwam Hydropower Plant in Kachin State, yesterday.
“Projects may be big or small but their value depends on good intention and correct management. It is our government’s duty to have a spirit of goodwill. To ensure correct management and technology is responsibility of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy,” she added.
Daw Aung San Suu kyi arrived at Puta-o in Kachin State on Tuesday to attend the celebrations of the 71st Kachin State Day which will be held today. She also inaugurated the Ma Gway Za-San Lut Chat Taung Htake road in Nawngmun township and inspected road and bridge projects under construction for development of Puta-0, which is a very hard to reach area.
The State Counsellor said she understands the difficulties of personnel who are serving in remote regions, but urged them to be proud of themselves as they are serving for the development of mountainous regions.
“Having equality is also for the dignity of this country. I would like you all to consider that if a region is developed, we have opportunities to help other remote regions get more developed and we are also responsible for giving them opportunities,” she said.
She pledged to provide children adequate nutrition and education as they are the future leaders of the country.
“Development plans are done to develop all ethnic people physically and mentally. I want all to be equal and united,” she added.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi lamented the huge gap between the rich and the poor in the country and hopes that this will be reduced in the near future.
She said underscored the importance of good infrastructure for the development of the country.
“When we don’t have good infrastructure, development work demands more effort and so, I think that building roads is a truly meritorious deed,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attends a dinner during the celebration of Independence Day on Friday.